TPM Reader PT asks whether Rubio or Republicans at large are able to propose anything more than abstractions.
I don’t think that any of the commentary on the SOTU and its response has quite grasped the point which came home to me sometime this morning: that because of its ideology, the Republican Party is reduced to arguing against the Democratic Party policies, and for its own, entirely on the basis of abstractions.
In the SOTU, President Obama proposed an increase in the minimum wage, controls on greenhouse gases, gun control legislation, and increased spending on public works (amongst other things). Whether you agree with him or not, in each of these cases you can identify (a) the problem which President Obama is concerned about and (b) the way in which the proposed policy fixes addresses the problem. In most cases it’s easy to connect the problem and its solution to the lives of regular people (though not so much in the case of climate change, perhaps).
all of the above are what they want us to disregard the scientific data that supports all of it in favor of their local republican following the talking point de jour and denying it, for some reason the Ghostbuster's theme just jumped in my mind thinking about when the first undeniable hit us, "who you gonna call", republicans?